Mum gives birth using £4K IVF and stranger’s sperm after not meeting ‘right guy’

A woman has given birth to a baby boy on her first solo IVF attempt after spending £4k and using a stranger's sperm because she did not find her 'Mr Right'.

Danielle Buttle, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, had always hoped to become a mum by 30 but she has not found the ‘right man’ yet.

The 31-year-old decided to take the plunge all on her own after finding a suitable sperm donor in an Argentinean man.

Danielle underwent her first round of IVF in November 2020 and was ecstatic to find out she was pregnant in December.

With her two sisters, Jasmine, 26, and Lianne, 33, by her side as birthing partners, she gave birth to her baby, Robin, on August 20.

Now she is enjoying being a mum and says she 'couldn't be happier' with her choice to go it alone.

"I was starting to panic in the last few years that I hadn't found 'the one' and I started joking about using a sperm donor and going it alone,” said Daniele, who runs a dance school.

"But then I actually thought 'well, why not?' and looked into it. It was the best decision I ever made.

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"Now I have a gorgeous baby boy and I just can't stop staring at him."

Danielle came to a decision about going it alone after finding a Facebook group called 'Single mums by choice'.

After getting fertility tests, she was encouraged to try sooner rather than later as her AMH levels, which check your egg count, were low.

Danielle picked out her sperm donor from a sperm bank, which cost her £1,000, before starting her IVF journey at the cost of an additional £3,000.

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"I'm really indecisive but picking the sperm donor wasn't as bad as I thought," she said.

"You see pictures of the donor as a child and information about them and the one I picked seemed really sweet. He is 175cm, a slim build, has dark brown hair and brown green eyes.

"It's quite similar to my features but in the end it was the way he came across as a genuine, caring person in his answers to questions that drew me to him."

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Danielle had her mum Carol's help with the injections before she was then ready for her egg collection in December 2020.

She then had an embryo transfer and had to wait 11 days until she could find out if it had worked or not – thankfully it did.

Although she had a smooth pregnancy, at 36 weeks Danielle started to get very thirsty and was told at 38 weeks that she had gestational diabetes.

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She had to have a scan to check the size of the baby and was told he was only 5lbs and there wasn't enough amniotic fluid around him.

Danielle had to be induced the next day.

"Seeing him for the first time was so surreal,” said Danielle.

"My first night was scary but I'm in such a bubble of being a mum. I don't get anything done because I just stare at him. I can't believe he is mine.

"Robin will always know how he came into this world from very young. I'm the happiest I have ever been, and I am so glad I did it."

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